Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
Simply stated, an indexed record is a record that has been indexed; in today's computer environment, an indexed record is searchable using keywords, and is linked to a digital scan of the original image.
Indexed records stand in contrast to "browse only" or "image only" records that are not indexed. Indexed records take time and are highly valued, in general, and in genealogy. Indexed records made available online can be shared anywhere in the world, where ever one has access to the Internet, allowing researchers to unearth buried data, saving untold amounts of time and money.